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Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu “likely to quit” his job– Bagbin

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu

NDC flagbearer hopeful and Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has said the special prosecutor, Martin Amidu is “likely to quit” his job due to lack of resources to work effectively.

Martin Amidu has for the past months been lamenting over lack of cooperation on the part of government appointees in providing him with evidence to prosecute cases of corruption and the needed resources to work.

In a radio interview last month, Martin said his office is not well-equipped making it difficult for him to work, one of the challenges hi mention was under-resourced investigators. 

“The present situation where critical ministries and agencies have failed even with our limited constraints or refused to produce public records on demand to aid the office in critical investigations, offences running into millions of cedis, clearly demonstrates that there is divergence between the president’s vision and that of some of his appointees.

“You ask for information you can’t get it, you ask for docket, the docket cannot be produced. You ask a minister for a record, the record cannot be produced. How do you fight corruption when those appointed by the president who has a vision are not coordinating with the office of the special prosecutor to achieve his mandate? That is the challenge we have to face,” the anti-corruption crusader bemoaned at a National Audit Forum organised by the Ghana Audit Service in Accra last year.

Expressing his views on the predicament of the office on StarrFM, Bagbin said state institutions tasked to fight corruption are weak because they have not been tooled to effectively fight the menace.

According to him, he foresees a situation where the special prosecutor could become frustrated and “he is likely to quit.”

“He doesn’t have the tool to work with and space. Knowing Martin, he is likely to quit because he would not be there to soil his reputation and he’s not looking for comfort at all,” the MP for Nadowli-Kaleo stressed.

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